I had the fortunate experience of staying here, as my first visit to Bali. I had the delight of getting this at a discount via one of the booking sites on the internet, after I had done a few searches on Bali and accommodation options. I had deliberately chosen to be away from the tourists and crowds Bali is renowned for in it's key areas. I arrived after 3 hours travelling from airport, exhausted, and was greeted with a smiling face and, a very welcome, welcome ice cold towel and refreshments, besides a necklace of frangipanis.
The villa was spacious in terms of it bathroom, as well as outside areas, which for me where the most important parts of the villa, and it had a private pool, that allowed for sunbathing on either sides, with a private spa treatment outside room off to the side of the pool.
I even had my own private butler, so felt like royalty. Nothing was too much for them to do, even organising and going to purchase the soft drink I liked consuming but which they didn't initially have.
Although this villa, being one of the first ones built, is close to the entrance, one never felt disturbed. This villa does lack the privacy of the newer designed villas, however felt private enough for me. The guard dog, also being very friendly, and sociable.
I never used the aircon, since it wasn't hot enough for me to consider using, nor did I use the TVC and DVD player. The villa was well maintained, and cleaned immaculately. The decor is slightly dated, however still perfectly acceptable, from my perspective.
One tip, is to use their spa/massage contacts, since it was one of the best massages I had had in quite awhile. Also they took me to various local areas to see areas that interested me. My best was driving in the mountain paths smelling the cloves that heavily fragranced the air whilst drying.
The food was great in terms of breakfast choices, i always had nasi goreng, since i believe your best food choices are what the locals eat, and I truly loved the Indonesian dishes I chose for dinner.
Overall, I would recommend this, if you are looking for a spot away from the crowds, and into the true Bali. It's great for families, due to the size of the villas and you are close to Lovina and Menjangan, if requiring beach, snorkelling or diving. If you are looking for restaurants, entertainment and people, then this is not the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gunung Paradise is an unique luxury boutique villa resort on top of a hill near North Bali coastline. Its beautiful natural environment (one of the greenest of all Bali) is reflected in the way the large villa gardens are shaped. Gunung Paradise comprises one main villa with 2 rentable units with 4+1 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The other villa comprises 3 bedrooms and one bedroom. Both villas offer our guests large outdoor roof covered terraces. So the total number of bedrooms sums up to 7+1. The main villa (Cempaka) has breathaking views to the Bali sea and the Mayong-Munduk valley. Villa Jepun is a garden- and poolview villa. A large (60m2) swimming pool with separate children pool completes the facilities. The top of the hill is 210 m above sealevel which results in a comfortable climate and temperature (max 30 in daytime and min 23 in the night).The resort is adopted by and in the community of Rangdu village what gives us and our guest a rare opportunity to enjoy authentic Balinese life. You can visit our neighbours, the local boarding school or take a guided walk in the village environment and ricefields. Or you can join a special Hindu ceremony with one of our fellow villagers when it occasionally happens. And still you are just 10 min from the beach by car and 20 min from Lovina beach a small touristic beach village with many hotels, restaurants and shops. And on top of that all we provide uncomparable private guest services that goes beyond your expectation. Whether it is the hospitality and personal care your private villa butler gives you or the all day healthy and tasteful meals and drinks we provide or the massages, the yoga class or the trips and tours that we especially designed for our guests. And for those who want to experience more what Bali has to offer on a more spiritual level we also have a few things to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gunung Paradise Retreat Rangdu, Bali